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Irkutsk

Essentials

Irkutsk is a major city in Siberia and often considered the unofficial capital of Eastern Siberia. It is situated on the Trans-Siberian Railway and is certainly worth a stop-off in this Historical City of Russia. If visiting Irkutsk you should also definitely take the opportunity to visit Lake Baikal. The easiest way to do this is to visit nearby Listvyanka, but the more adventurous can also travel from Irkutsk to Olkhon Island in the middle of Baikal.

Irkutsk


Basic facts
Name in Russian Иркутск
Status City-municipality and administrative centre of the Irkutsk region
Location On the River Angara
Distance 1,865km south-east of Novosibirsk; 5,110km east of Moscow
Time Zone Irkutsk Time (Moscow +5)
Population 612,973 people (2014)
Founded 1661
Titles/Awards Historical City of Russia
City Day First Saturday in June
Official Website http://www.admirk.ru/